Stop using soap and you’ll save money, the environment, and possibly improve your health! Well, honestly, I wouldn’t stop using soap altogether, but I would recommend doing a few things differently in regards to soap use. For starters, in our household, we don’t buy soap with triclosan. I believe that antibacterial soaps everyday can be overkill and eliminate too much bacteria (there is friendly bacteria, after all!) and can make the body resistant to antibiotics. I do also believe there is a time and place for antibacterial soaps, but in general household use, it probably is not needed at every hand washing.
Here are some tips to help slow your soap usage:
- When purchasing soap for your home, skip the antibacterial soaps with triclosan. Make sure you wash your hands for around 20-30 seconds with hot water and regular soap. You can sing “happy birthday” (either in your head or out loud) twice while doing so.
- If you are eating a lot of fruits and veggies, chances are your plates are not getting very dirty. If you use hot water and sprinkle some baking soda on them, wash, and then do a vinegar rinse, you will get them clean. If you aren’t scared, you can also just rinse them in hot water.
- Purchase natural bar soap or make your own. Studies show that plain soap is as just as effective as antibacterial soap.
- Buy a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s soap. You can use this for so many things: refill your hand soap dispensers with a 1:3 soap to water solution, use it for cleaning around the house, for shampoo, body soap, etc!
- When you buy new dish washing soap, buy a non toxic soap such as Mrs. Meyer’s . I LOVE the basil scent. It makes doing dishes something I enjoy!
These are just a few ideas to get you started. Basically, if you limit your exposure to triclosan, you will be doing yourself, your wallet, and then environment a favor.
What kind of soaps do you use? Are you an antibacterial fan?